"Hanniel has deepened me spiritually and further connected me with my mind and body. I spend most of my life in water, so I have a very deep connection with water. Hanniel started me on a path that I am still on, the path to find deeper meaning with the water. Surfing is something that lets me fly on water, Hanniel taught me how to appreciate the water. Hanniel, having never surfed before, was eager to start a spiritual connection with something he rarely ever went into. The moment he stepped in the water, he stood in knee deep water slowly breathing connecting himself with the water. Then he paddles out. I had never done this, or even tried to respect or connect with the water. Now every time I swim, surf, or anything with water I take a second to think, about what water means to me, and how I can connect further with the world and water. He is spiritually in touch with the world. I meditate every day and every time I meditate the first thing I think about is my teacher. Hanniel taught me so much about life. Now I fee a deeper connection with the water."